There are thousands of home repair contractors in our area, and even the number of foundation repair companies seems to be growing. How do you know who to trust with your home repairs? A variety of advertisements state that you should trust their foundation company, but who really should you place your biggest investment – your home – in the hands of, when it needs help? Let’s discuss six things to consider when faced with this big decision.
Money – How important is price?
We tend to talk about money first, but money is not always the better guide to choosing the best option for home repairs. “You get what you pay for” is a common phrase that we often find true. When considering a foundation repair company to handle your foundation repairs, what are you paying for?
- Does your repair come with a warranty or are you simply paying for a one-time installation in hopes that it does the job?
- Will you have a customer care team available to answer questions before, during, and after the project is complete?
- Does the foundation company expect a down payment before any work begins?
- Will you have to pay whether you are satisfied or not and whether the work resolves the initial problem?
The service you pay for, along with the service you actually get, could be more important than the price of the product.
There is nothing wrong with obtaining multiple estimates from various foundation repair companies. In fact, we recommend comparing prices. Some companies do increase their prices for the wrong reasons. Even still, many industry leaders must increase prices just to keep up with the cost of supplies, which is unfortunately beyond their control. It is okay to ask a foundation repair company about their pricing but ask about the quality and service of your upcoming investment, too.
Some companies understand that the money for your necessary home repair project, especially a larger expense like foundation repair, may not always be affordable. Ask the foundation repair contractor about payment options.
- Do they accept credit cards or personal checks?
- Do they accept more than one credit card as payment?
- Do they offer financing or a payment plan?
- What about 90 days same as cash?
- Do they require a down payment? If so, how much?
- When is payment due?
Answers to these questions play key roles when faced with the unexpected expense of foundation repair.